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Time Providing Care Outside Visits in a Home-Based Primary Care Program.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  24802078     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: To assess how much time physicians in a large home-based primary care (HBPC) program spend providing care outside of home visits. Unreimbursed time and patient and provider-related factors that may contribute to that time were considered.
DESIGN: Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors (MSVD) providers filled out research forms for every interaction involving care provision outside of home visits. Data collected included length of interaction, mode, nature, and with whom the interaction was for 3 weeks.
SETTING: MSVD, an academic home-visit program in Manhattan, New York.
PARTICIPANTS: All primary care physicians (PCPs) in MSVD (n = 14) agreed to participate.
MEASUREMENTS: Time data were analyzed using a comprehensive estimate and conservative estimates to quantify unbillable time.
RESULTS: Data on 1,151 interactions for 537 patients were collected. An average 8.2 h/wk was spent providing nonhome visit care for a full-time provider. Using the most conservative estimates, 3.6 h/wk was estimated to be unreimbursed per full-time provider. No significant differences in interaction times were found between patients with and without dementia, new and established patients, and primary-panel and covered patients.
CONCLUSION: Home-based primary care providers spend substantial time providing care outside home visits, much of which goes unrecognized in the current reimbursement system. These findings may help guide practice development and creation of new payment systems for HBPC and similar models of care.
Elizabeth J Pedowitz; Katherine A Ornstein; Jeffrey Farber; Linda V Decherrie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-5-6
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Geriatrics Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-5415     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Geriatr Soc     Publication Date:  2014 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-5-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503062     Medline TA:  J Am Geriatr Soc     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2014, Copyright the Authors Journal compilation © 2014, The American Geriatrics Society.
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